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April 25, 2014 | By Andrea Wang
You did it. You survived Coachella 2014 . Here's a look back at the festival's most memorable moments and the most popular musicians there - according to our readers. While our music staff compiled its list of "must see" talent, we asked you to plot your stage-hopping journey with our interactive schedule . With those results, we've narrowed down the acts L.A. Times readers were most excited to see. L.A. Times readers' top 10 Coachella picks (multiple bands on a line indicate ties)
February 21, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Pharrell Williams says it cost him about $200, and for much of the last month it has become the center of attention. It's been compared to the Arby's logo. It has room for secret compartments, perhaps even a leprechaun. It took on a social media life of its own. It somehow appears capable of staying on Williams' head when he performs.  We're talking, of course, about Williams' hat. The tan monster of a headgear accessory can now be yours, but you're going to need more than a little disposable income.
August 27, 2006
As half of the multiplatinum-selling hip-hop producer duo the Neptunes, Pharrell Williams has crafted chart-topping hits for a constellation of pop stars, including Britney Spears, Nelly, Justin Timberlake and Snoop Dogg, to name just a few. The Virginia native's half-rap/half-R&B debut solo album, "In My Mind," came out last month. He talked about his own pop-culture consumption recently with Chris Lee.
February 24, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
The first time Hans Zimmer made Pharrell Williams' head spin was in 2005, when the former was composing the score for the Ron Howard blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code. " Williams, half of the lauded hip-hop production duo the Neptunes and a third of the experimental rock group N.E.R.D., had heard through a mutual friend, music-supervisor Kathy Nelson, that he and Zimmer (one of Hollywood's most in-demand composers, with Oscar- and Grammy-winning credits including "The Lion King" and "The Dark Knight")
March 3, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Book U2 frontman Bono for the Grammy Awards and perhaps only a Beatle or a Rolling Stone could upstage him. At the Oscars, however, the rock 'n' roll humanitarian had nothing on a Disney princess. Idina Menzel stole the Dolby Theatre stage Sunday with "Let It Go," the diva belter from Disney's smash "Frozen," which would go on to win the Oscar a few minutes later for original song. "To our fellow nominees, you are all rock stars - literally," said Kristen Anderson-Lopez as she accepted the Oscar with her husband, Robert Lopez.
March 3, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Pharrell Williams' Lanvin shorts tuxedo, Kate Hudson's caped Atelier Versace gown and Lupita Nyong'o's fairy-tale princess Fred Leighton headband. At Sunday's Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, stars mastered the art of the personal style statement. Even poor Jennifer Lawrence's slip-and-falls have become a kind of signature. If she never stumbled again, we'd probably miss it. Pale, metallic hues were a trend as much as black dresses were. But what distinguished the best looks were truly unique textures and embellishments.
March 3, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
As per its title, Pharrell Williams' first album in eight years is singularly focused on girls. No women or ladies appear through the 10 songs that make up the album, let alone any other men. (There is one queen, but she's from outer space.) Best known these days for his falsetto voice heard on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," singer-producer Pharrell doubles down on his pursuit of mainstream superstardom on "Girl," but in the process reveals his weaknesses as well.
January 28, 2014 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
To the pop cognoscenti, the French dance-music duo Daft Punk exists as an ideal, modern musicdom's most consistent, influential, enigmatic trailblazer, in addition to being crowned the major winner of the 2014 Grammy Awards by scoring record of the year and album of the year trophies. But to another section of the population - those willfully ignorant of this year's Coachella lineup, for instance - the question Sunday might have been: Who were those masked robots? Thanks to Daft Punk's abiding silence at the awards podium, its members' identities obscured by futuristic helmets straight out of Isaac Asimov's imagination - not to mention the mystique cultivated by remaining off camera for more than half of their performance of the ubiquitous "Get Lucky" with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder - the French duo spoke volumes about their selective embrace of the celebrity spotlight.
March 3, 2014 | By August Brown
Pharrell Williams' hat contains inexhaustible depths of pop-culture amusement.  The producer-singer's original idiosyncratic headwear -- a brown Vivienne Westwood number made famous at this year's Grammys -- was recently bought by the fast-food chain Arby's , whose logo bears a striking resemblance to it.  But it resurfaced at this year's Academy Awards, where Williams performed his Oscar-nominated song "Happy," from "Despicable Me...
March 2, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
What I'm loving about the Oscars so far is the individual style statements -- Pharrell Williams in shorts and Lupita Nyong'o in what she calling Nairobi blue. "This is Prada and it was made for me. It's a blue that reminds me of Nairobi and I wanted to have a little bit of home," Nyong'o told Ryan Seacrest. The gown is sweet and striking with the kind of plunging neckline I wish Amy Adams was wearing. More Oscar fashion galleries: Best and worst dressed | Stars on the red carpet | Makeup and hair | Men's fashion Nyong'o is also decked out in some exceptional Fred Leighton jewelry, especially that chic, chic, chic diamond-and-gold headband.
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